Medicinal Plant Summer School June 21 | 9:15 am - June 23 | 4:00 pm

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Medicinal Plant Summer School – with Medical Herbalist Maria Vlotides and Garden Historian Letta Jones.
June 21st-23rd, 9.15am-4pm.
£250/person (includes refreshments and a light lunch on each day)

This 3-day course will explore the history of medicinal plants and botanical gardens from a European context from the 1st Century A.D. to the present. It will focus on 8 key medicinal plants to tell the stories of their uses, histories and identification via: practical sessions to prepare them into usable natural remedies; walks and tours around CPG; a plant identification workshop and a chance to see some of the same plants in ancient Herbals and herbarium specimens in our collection. It will highlight the importance and relevance of modern botanical gardens.

The first day will be practical herbalism and days 2 and 3 will focus more on the history and identification of the key plants.

If you are interested in how and why herbs have been used past and present, this is a course for you. No previous knowledge needed, just enthusiasm for the subject.

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 Tutor Biographies

Letta Jones, MA is a Landscape Horticulturalist who lectures in Horticulture and the History of Gardens. She was a garden guide at the Chelsea Physic Garden for 18 years and regularly contributes to its learning programme to this day.
She teaches at the South London Botanical Institute, City Lit, Denman and Woodbrooke Colleges, at Knuston Hall and Marlborough College Summer School.
A Green Flag Parks Judge, she also runs her own gardens study tours abroad.

Inspired through a foundation course based at the Chelsea Physic Garden, Maria Vlotides completed a degree in Health Sciences: Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster in 2007. Since graduating she has worked as a medical herbalist at a GP practice in West London, developed a teaching herb garden for the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, and regularly leads workshops for various organisations across London. Maria has written a regular herb column for Country House Magazine, and recently published a book, Pharmapoetica: a dispensary of poetry, in collaboration with the poet Chris McCabe. She is a regular contributor to the Chelsea Physic Garden learning programme.

Please note that these timings and content may vary slightly on the days
Day 1: Wednesday 21st June 2017
Venues: Education Room (along the path from the Café) & Garden
Tutors: Maria Vlotides (and Letta Jones)
•    9.15 – 9.45am: Arrival, registration, tea/coffee and a chance to explore the Garden
•    9.45 -10.30am: Welcome, overview and introductions – tutors and particpants
•    10.30 – 11am: Tour of the Garden to meet the 8 key plants (Mandrake, White Willow, English Yew, Deadly Nightshade, Foxglove, Pot Marigold, St. John’s Wort, Common Thyme).
•    11.00am-12.30pm: Making infusions, tea tasting, making decoctions and tinctures
•    12.30-1.30pm: LUNCH (a light lunch will be provided)
•    1.30-2.45pm: Making an infused oil and balm
•    2.45-3.00pm: tea and cake
•    3.00 – 4.00pm: Making a syrup, feedback and questions
Day 2: Thursday 22nd June 2017
Lecture Room (up the stairs and above the Café) & Garden
Tutors: Letta Jones Tutors (and Maria Vlotides)
•    9.15 – 9.45am: Arrival, tea/coffee
•    9.45 -10.30am: Chelsea Physic Garden –its history and role in the study of medicinal plants
•    10.30 – 11am: Coffe/tea break
•    11.00am-12.30pm: Looking at the 8 key plants, from a historical point of view
•    12.30-1.30pm: LUNCH (a light lunch will be provided)
•    1.30-2.45pm: Historical Garden walk
•    2.45-3.00pm: tea and cake
•    3.00 – 4.00pm: How to identify herbs – practical session, questions and answers and discussion
Day 3 – Friday 23rd June 2017
Lecture Room (up the stairs and above the Café) & Garden
Tutor: Letta Jones (with contributions from CPG staff)
•    9.15 – 9.45am: Arrival, tea/coffee
•    9.30 -10.45am: The history of European herbs and botanic gardens from the 1st Century A.D. – present day
•    10.45 – 11.15am: Coffe/tea break
•    11.15am-12.30pm: Looking at the 8 key plants, from the point of view of early Herbals, books and herbarium specimens from the CPG library, archives and herbarium (with Liz Thornton and Jill Wilson, CPG Archivist and Herbarium Officer, respectively)
•    12.30-1.30pm: LUNCH (a light lunch will be provided)
•    1.30-2.45pm: Identifying herbs in the Garden continued
•    2.45-3.00pm: tea and cake
•    3.00 – 4.00pm: Learning more – summary and feedback and discussion

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June 21 | 9:15 am
June 23 | 4:00 pm
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